Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Comfy Cozy

Do you ever have those days where you go 100 miles an hour and don't have time to even realize you are exhausted? That was my day on Saturday. 

Luckily, I knew ahead of time that I was going to have a semi-crazy day and dressed for comfort and running. So glad I did.

 Jeans- Forever 21
Tanks- Target

And then there are the oh so popular on my WIWW post items

Red Toms- Nordstrom
Leather Clutch- Vessel Handmade

So at the end of the day, although tired, my feet didn't hurt. I hadn't tugged at my clothing and my hair...well that ended up in a pony real quick. But the theme of the day was comfort. I win.

pleated poppy

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sole Hope

This past Saturday, I was privileged enough to be a part of something huge. A work that was placed in the hearts of two of my friends. An organization that shines the love of Christ.

Sole Hope is an organization who says "putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time" is what they do. Being a part of even one event, showed me that they do so much more than that.

They love. They reach out. They share the truth of the Love God has for us. They allow us to be a part of it.

I wish I could share with you all that they do. What this organization is about, instead I want to ask you to head over to their site. Look around.

The men cutting the hard backing foe heels.

I would love to direct you to the tab titled Get Involved. Consider hosting a shoe cutting party. Or if you can't do that and are local, come to mine... I am not sure when but Steven and I will be hosting one soon. We would love if you could come and give your time and hearts for these children.

Nat showing us what to do.
The shoe cutting party I attended was hosted by my sweet friend Natalie and her husband Micah. This couple can throw a shindig. The beauty of the event was amazing but came nothing close to showing the beauty in their hearts or the passion they have for this cause.

Donated Denim and fabric for shoes.
 God did amazing things at that party. He blessed all of us in the process. HE was there. HE was moving and HE provided.

Tracing and cutting shoe patterns

If you want to hear all about the plans He had and what He did through our willing hands, head over here and read about it.

Donations for a raffle with proceeds going to Sole Hope.

I hope you will all take a look at Sole Hope and see how you can be used.

On a less serious note, how about a photo outtake?

That would be Micah, photo-bombing my picture of the donation table.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Little Princess

My girl is growing up. It becomes more and more evident every day. It makes me sad. But at the same time it is so much fun. She is so much fun.

My mom requested a grandma day at Disneyland with her this week. A day with the works, Hair and make-up at Disney 365, face painting, parades with ice cream and seeing all of the princess'. I allowed it on one condition, I got to be there during her makeover at Disney 365.


She was so shy when we got to the place to get her hair done but the staff was amazing with her. After holding my hand for a bit she was completely happy, in her element getting all made-over.

I could have done without the make-up. Her hair was adorable but then the purple eyeshadow came ahh. When we went in the dressing room to put her in her princess gown, I secretly removed half of the make-up. She is still a baby. It was too much. My mom later told me she did too, haha.

She had such a great day. She came home and told me that all the Princess' loved her. So sweet. Such a great memory.

Sitting there watching was adorable but so hard at the same time. She is getting so big. She is not a baby anymore.

One second you are bringing this baby home from the hospital. Months of preparation go into picking the perfect coming home outfit. You bundle up this precious gift you have prayed over for so long. Long before this day.

The next thing you know, she is sitting before you, her little heart desiring to be a beautiful princess. And oh, how beautiful she is. This is scary. So scary how pretty she is. I dread her teenage years. Phone calls from boys, first dates. Please keep those away for as long as possible. Thanks.

When she was all dolled up, she twirled and glowed. She wanted everyone to see how wonderful she was.

I want that feeling to never leave her. For her to always know how beautiful she is. Not just with the makeup, not only when she is dressed up but in her jeans and a t-shirt. Not only when she is a 3 year old at Disneyland but when she is my age. To know that she is beautiful and loved. That she will always be a princess because her Heavenly Father is the King of Kings.

I hope she never loses sight of what matters most. The beauty on the inside and her relationship with her savior.

But for now, I will enjoy this moment. While she spins and twirls and wants nothing more than to be like a princess.

Not to forget my boy, who was bored to death with this whole princess ordeal, I want to leave you with his "Please tell me it's almost over" picture...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Coffee Date

Hi friends.
If we were to go on a coffee date today, you would see me chug a coffee in 2 seconds flat and then order a second. I'd ask you not to judge and tell you it has just been a long week.


Once that was taken care of I would tell you that today we are sending out all of our foster care paper work. For reals this time.

I would tell you how we had some hang ups with our doctors office and the DMV. I may even tell you that at times, I thought this just wasn't going to happen. That I thought maybe I had heard God wrong. Maybe it was a mistake, that we weren't called to this.

After that was off my chest, I would tell you how God gave me a peace about this. How He brought me to the realization that those hang ups weren't to cause stress but were needed. That maybe, just maybe, the child that is supposed to be in our home just wasn't ready yet.

I would tell you how I have a peace knowing that God is orchestrating a perfect plan. He is making a path for us to follow. It may have ups and downs but it is all part of the journey that we are on.

Next topic of conversation would probably be our homeschool plan. I would tell you about how I finished up Rhiannon's calendar and have even started adding in some field trips. How I am starting to stress out a little. That I'm not sure that I am cut out for this and am a little afraid of messing her all up. How I am freaking out a little about school hours with me being a part time working mom. How I don't know what I am going to do. I may wig out a little. Just tell me it will be okay. I can pull it together rather quickly.

After I was so selfish to talk about myself for so long, I would apologize and ask what has been going on with you. I'd love to hear what is happening on your end. Please, share.

The blog now has a reply button to all comments, feel free to discuss with eachother. We are all friends here. :)

Alsooooo.... I'm linking up with my friend Alissa for a Coffee Date Linky and think you all should to. Go!  And let me know if you do so I know to look for your post :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Hi. My name is Kristen. And I am a homeschool mom.


This past year we introduced Rhi to the joy of learning with a very relaxed Pre-PreSchool. This upcoming year? Well it's the real deal. She will be in full blown homeschool/preschool. Earlier in the week I put together our homeschool calendar. THE hardest part of homeschooling so far. I kid, well a little. It was tough. Deciding what weeks should be spent in school and out of school proved to be quite the challenge. Luckily, if it's not working, I can change it. Yay for homeschooling flexibility!

So we now have a calendar that works for us...I think. This is what our school year will look like:

In School- August 27-October 5 (6 weeks on)
Vacation- October 8- October 19 (2 weeks off)

In School- October 22-November 16 (6 weeks on)
Vacation- November 19- November 23 (1 week off)

In School- November 26- December 21 (4 weeks on)
Vacation- December 24- January 4 (2 weeks off)

In School- January 7- February 8 (5 weeks on)
Vacation- February 11-February 22 (2 weeks off)

 In School- February 25- March 22 (4 weeks on)
Vacation- March 25-April 5 (2 weeks off)

In School- April 8-May3 (4 weeks on)
Vacation- May6- May 17 (2 weeks off)

In School- May 20-June 21 (5 weeks on)
Vacation- June 24-July 5 (2 weeks off)

 In School- July 8-August 2 (4 weeks on)
Vacation- August 5- August 23 (3 weeks off) 

Putting together our own calendar gave me the freedom to have a school year structure that works best for our family. There are lots of perks for us.
Shorter Vacation times, meaning less time for Rhiannon to forget what she has been learning all year. Vacation days planned around our family vacation times.
Vacation time surrounding both kids birthdays (a perk I threw in there for them).
 And those are just a few.

I didn't add any government holidays to the calendar. We will deal with those on a month to month basis and make up the off time with weekend field trips and such.

Have I mentioned how much I love the flexibility? Everything is made for us. To fit us. And if it's not working I can change it.

Now that our calendar is setup, our curriculum is here and we are scheduled for CHEA next month, I feel so much more equipped and ready.

So 2012-2013 school year, Bring it! But not too hard, I'm still scared of you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Burger

Grilling season is here! Can I just start by telling you that we love when summer comes around. It means the beach, swimming at our pool and eating outside. What more could one ask for?

With lots of BBQs approaching, we have been playing around with burgers at my place. This weekend I tried something completely different. I usually try to make the men happy with things like Bacon Jalapeno Sliders but the this time I thought we would do something the girls would put together.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Burgers


1 lb Ground Beef
1/8 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1 egg
2 Tbsp. Basil
1/2 cup Feta Cheese Crumbles
3/4 cup Sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

First things first. You are going to want to dice up your onion and sun dried tomatoes. Make sure you chop small enough pieces so they are evenly distributed in the burger.


Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix it up real good. Spoons are for wimps, get in there with your hands.


Form your patties and throw them on the grill. I cheated. I often cheat. If you have 2 toddlers running wild, I give you permission to follow my bad example, defeat the purpose of grilling and throw those bad boys on a grill pan.

You are going to grill for 3-7 min on each side, depending on the size of your burgers and how you like them cooked.

While your burgers are a-grillin' pop the buns in the toaster...or straight on your grill if you are being legit and actually BBQing the burgers.

Add a little more feta on top of the burger.


And Enjoy. We added a tiny bit of basil and mayo mixture on the bun. Such a yummy burger!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Father's Day Surprise

Here on the blog, I talk a whole lot about my kids but you don't hear much about my husband. I should fix that.

Steven is an amazing man of God, a loving husband and a phenomenal father. Never have I met a man who comes so close to meeting the mark. No one is perfect but most days I am left wondering where he could possibly improve. Do they really come any better than this? Doubtful.

This man is such an amazing example of our Heavenly Father, not only to our children but to me as well. The love of God shines through him. So, this father's day, I want to make sure he knows just how amazing he is. To see himself and his role, the way we do.

 I saw this post on 30 Day Handmade and loved the idea of giving a gift every hour. So I borrowed that idea and paired it up with an idea I had of a gift to represent things about Steven.

With the help of some mommy friends, I came up with a list of words that described a Godly man, I chose ones that could describe my hubby.

Found scripture to back up each word. And purchased gifts for each word. Some gifts simple, like a payday bar for our provider. And some larger, like a new study bible for the spiritual head of our home.

I wrapped them up. Added a tag with the hour to open and the scripture. I left off the word to describe him because I want him to be a little confused with the randomness.

At the end of the day, with his last gift, Steven will get a card that lists the word that went with each hour/gift. And of course a thank you note for not only all he does for us but for who is.

What are you giving your husband or dad this year? Have any fun ideas up your sleeves?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

It has been quite a while since I have done a What I Wore post. I promise, I get dressed most days.

This is one of my favorite outfits lately. I love the bicycle shirt. The whole outfit is all about comfort. That is my main goal when getting dressed lately. I am running around with my kids most days. I need comfort.

Jeans and Black Tank- Target
Bicycle Tank- Forever 21
Cardi- H&M...I think. 
Toms- Nordstrom

So, you have seen the outfit. Now I need to tell you that Rhiannon, my 3yo, hates it. She says the shirt is silly. She has better fashion sense than me. I think I need a personal shopper...

I am linking up to The Pleated Poppy's WIWW
 pleated poppy

Monday, June 11, 2012

Crafty Wreath

My studio is really just a glorified craft room. And my craft room is really my laundry room. There I said it. I'm a fraud.

With the truth out, I can now tell you that I am trying really hard to make it an inspiring space that smells as little like bleach as possible. That is the real reason I work with leather. The scent is much more pleasant.

The most recent project for the space was a fun wreath. I wanted something that invited me into the room instead of yelling "run for the hills or you may be devoured by fabric". Hanging this baby on the door definitely did the trick.

Want one of your own? It's simple. The goal was to do a full tutorial but I made it while I was at Fairly Fab Craft Slumber Party and with all the chatting that was going on, I was lucky to get the pictures I did.

Materials Needed:
Wreath Form
Scrap Fabric
Measuring Tape

How to:

Start off by wrapping your wreath form in yarn. This is simple but tedious. You will survive. Promise.

Next, pull out your handy dandy measuring tape. Measure the diameter. Give enough extra to wrap around to the back. Cut the measuring tape.

Cute a few triangles. I didn't measure and cut mine perfectly. I like the wonky bunting look. The amount of triangles really just depends on the size of your wreath.

Glue your triangles onto the back of the measuring tape and then glue the measuring tape around your wreath.

Last step. Grab your ribbon. Bring ends together, making a loop of the other side. Pull the open ends through the loop. Tie a bow and hang it up.

All it needs is some wooden spools at the bottom of one side. If you find any on the cheap, send 'em my way. No far you having a completed wreath before me ;)


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